EO Nashville Member News — June 4

June 4, 2021


EO_Exchange_Logo_Final.jpgEO Exchange: Finding Your One Metric That Matters

June 11, 2021, 9:00am-10:00am, VIRTUAL- Zoom

Join EO Strategic Alliance Partner, Compass East, as they break down the process to identify key drivers in your business to provide clarity on your business health. Time will also be spent focusing on how to identify financial, operational, and sales and marketing metrics most important to your business. REGISTER

EO Exchange: The Post-COVID Labor Market

June 18, 2021, 9:00am-10:00am, VIRTUAL - Zoom

Join Kristen Lockhart and Charles Rodriguez from Strategic Alliance Partner, Adams Keegan, for a discussion about the Post-COVID labor market.

They'll give a snapshot of what to look for in 2021-2022 as well as tips on how to find and keep employees... and what successful employers are doing. REGISTER

EO Exchange: Selling For An Irrationally High Valuation

June 25, 2021, 9:00am-10:00am, VIRTUAL - Zoom

Join Jim Cumbee of Tennessee Valley Group to learn how to sell your business for an irrational valuation. He will explain how understanding your industry well enough will help make this happen! REGISTER

Upcoming Belmont Executive Learning Events


Mridu Parikh- Women's Connect Meeting
June 8, 2021

Women of EO are invited to this Women's Connect Meeting to get ready to Recharge and Thrive! To say the last 18 months have been challenging may feel like an understatement. Fortunately, positive changes are on the horizon. If you're ready to reset, step back into your power, and thrive, join Mridu in this motivational talk to get control of your time and energy and crush your goals.

You'll leave inspired and equipped to use tools, strategies, and insights to: bust through self-imposed limitations; squash distractions and focus on what really moves the needle; and think more clearly so your leadership gets noticed.


John Ketch- Old Crow Medicine Show
June 22, 2021
Virtual or a few in-person spots!

Join Ketch Secor (lead singer of Old Crow Medicine Show) for Will the Circle Be Unbroken: A reflection on life, country music, Nashville, and diversity’s place “In the Circle.”  You will get to watch Ketch's TEDxNashville presentation, and have one-on-one time with him discussing diversity, equity and “pulling out a chair” of inclusion. 

Ketch Secor co-authored the Grammy Award Winning song ‘Wagon Wheel’ with Bob Dylan, and, in 2014, launched Episcopal School of Nashville in the East Nashville Area.

There are limited in-person spots for this event.  If you wish to attend in person, please email karen@eonashville.com, so that we can get you on that list ASAP!


We Need Catalyst Referrals!


We need your HELP!

Our Catalyst 11 recruitment events are quickly approaching on July 22nd and July 30th.  Please take a minute to think about business owners you know who might want to attend these events to learn more about this amazing program!

CLICK HERE to submit their information and we will reach out!

We want to fill the Catalyst 11 class with awesome entrepreneurs + the most diverse class ever and need your help to make it happen.  Thanks in advance for your support!




Tennessee Valley Group, Inc. is the state’s only lawyer-led, retainer-based business brokerage and mediation firm. The firm serves businesses with annual revenue of $3 to $50 million. TVG clients are business owners who want to take all/some of their chips off the table, or corporate owners who want to sell a non-core business unit. TVG will quarterback the process from valuation to selection of the right buyer, then coordinate with the seller’s lawyer and accountant to ensure the transaction meets tax and financial objectives. TVG, Inc., is owned by Jim Cumbee. Jim has enjoyed considerable success as a senior-level corporate executive and as an entrepreneur. Business owners retain Jim because they trust his judgment, rely on his experience, and value his connections.

Tennessee Valley Group Forum Topics:

• Selling your business in a post-COVID environment.
• How to prepare to sell your business in five years.
• Maximizing valuation trends.

For more information or to schedule a forum visit, please contact:

Jim Cumbee


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Articles & Columns

Liza Graves [StyleBlueprint] wrote an article in StyleBlueprint about selling her home and why she did so.

David Trainer [New Constructs] wrote about ROIC vs. WACC through 1Q21, Core Earnings vs. GAAP Net Income through 1Q21, Walmart & Disney and Artisan Partners for Forbes.

Awards & Recognition

The Nashville Post announced that Zander Insurance [Shervin Eftekhari] won several awards from insurance companies, including Traveler’s Insurance, Auto-Owners Insurance, Safeco Insurance (part of Liberty Mutual), Encompass, Progressive, Grange Insurances, The Hartford, Protective Life Insurance, Assurity and Lincoln Financial Group.

In the News

The Nashville Ledger reported that EO Nashville has added 36 new members. They are:

  • Cameron Bailey [Empire Homes]
  • John Bell [Bell Law, Settlement Services, LLC]
  • Chris Blair [The Listening Room Cafe]
  • Ross Booher [Latitude]
  • Colin Callahan [Acklen Avenue]
  • John Casacarano [Beast Brands, Inc.]
  • Dave Childers [Residential Investment Advisors]
  • Andrew Denny [Textures Nashville]
  • Sarah Douglass [Back to Nature LLC]
  • John Dyke [The Turnip Truck]
  • Austin Evans [Evans Glass Company]
  • John Farrell [Import Flowers]
  • Luke Freeman [Wizard Creations]
  • Craig Fulcher [DWC Construction]
  • David Gilpin [Gilpin Facial Plastics]
  • Brent Lawerence [Global Product Sources, LLC]
  • Johan Madriz [Distribuidora Limena Inc.]
  • Jonathan May [Y&J Music LLC]
  • John Montgomery [Montgomery Classic Construction]
  • Matt Neuhaus [Neuhaus Foot & Ankle]
  • Clay Nicholas [Vibronyx, Inc.]
  • Ivan Ospina [Qubits Energy LLC]
  • William Paddock [WAP Sustainability]
  • Joel Pape [Pape Ventures, Inc.]
  • Ilex Pounders [Made in TN]
  • Susan Richardson [MillarRich, LLC]
  • Aimee Romero [Love and Science]
  • Caleb Roth [Stain & Seal Experts]
  • Scott Russo [Misco Industrial LLC]
  • Drew Sloss [Climb]
  • Scott Spiro [SugarShot]
  • Mark Stoner [Ashbusters Chimney Service, Inc.]
  • Kyle Trafton [Matter Collective, LLC]
  • Taylor Thomas [Samplize, Corp.]
  • Dean Wegner [Authentically American]
  • Robert Young [Covert Results]

A life-planning course led by Andy Bailey [Petra Coach] was mentioned in a StyleBlueprint article.

The Nashville Business Journal asked its 2021 CRE Leadership winners whether or not COVID-19’s impact on Nashville’s real estate will be felt in a decade and quoted David Frazier [Hardaway Construction] and Micah Lacher [Anchor Investments].

Michael Brody-Waite [Mask-Free Movement] appeared on the How’d it Happen Podcast to speak about his journey through addiction and the mask-free leadership movement.

The Nashville Business Journal and the Tennessean reported that Tyler Cauble [The Cauble Group] is working with local restaurateurs that will be located in The Wash, a former East Nashville car wash property that has been converted into restaurant spaces.

The Nashville Post reported that Smith Gee Studio [Hunter Gee] will serve as the architect for a two-building development project near Marathon Village.

Bristol Development Group [Ashlyn Hines Meneguzzi] is breaking ground on a residential project in East Nashville’s Cleveland Park in July, the Nashville Post reported.

The Nashville Post announced that Evolution Event Solutions [Falon Scott] has named a new COO. Evolution Event Solutions has merged with Maple Ridge Events, according to Exhibitor.

David Trainer [New Constructs] was quoted about AMC in Barron's, Business Insider, Business Insider,Business Insider, BBC News, Fortune, Investor's Business Daily, the New York Post, ReutersShanghai Daily and TheStreet about AMC. Trainer appeared on Ameritrade Network to speak about AMC and GameStop.

Strategic Alliance Partner News

Teresa J.W. Bailey [Waddell & Associates] penned a column for the Nashville Business Journal with three ways financial advisors can help in a crisis.